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Cultural Dimension Comparison of US and another country

The two countries will be the United States and another country of your choice.

Information of a historical, political, economic, or social nature that helps to explain the values and placement on the various cultural dimensions will be helpful. Your results will be presented in a written report.

We want to educate ourselves about particular cultures, and how the managerial task is performed in those cultures. It is important that the linkage between certain cultural values and management approaches be explained. Therefore, look to identify the key values of the culture and specific examples of how they translate into specific ways of conducting business in that country.

The evaluation will consider the substance, style and effectiveness with which the material is presented to the rest of the class. The written report should include any useful statistics.

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Cultural Dimension and Management Approaches

Introduction

In the current business environment, it is essential for a business to consider the impact of cultural values in its business practices. It is because in the current global business environment national culture and its values have a significant impact over the management style that is essential to include in business practices to determine success (Tsang 2002). The difference in the social, economical, political culture of different nations creates a difference in the management practices and approaches used by the organization in a particular country. To become successful, it is essential for the organizations to link between its management practices and cultural values (Behrens 2009). It helps to attract more customers and to increase the employee satisfaction. This paper will discuss the cultural dimensions and values of USA and Mexico and will also present the difference in their management and business practices by taking the impact of culture into consideration.

Cultural Dimensions of US

The United State of America is the most developed country that has its own culture in term of various dimensions that make it different from other countries. It has a mixed economy that includes high productivity, well developed infrastructure and plentiful of natural resources. The economic culture of US is growing as most of the organizations working there are leaders in their respective industry. It has a widespread political culture with the various democratic values such as liberty, equality, individuality, favorable laws, nationalism, optimism, and idealism (Dalling 2006). The social culture of US is based on equality and mobilizes economy. Americans do not believe on class system, but support a system that provides equal opportunity to everyone. It indicates towards greater equality between societal levels, which includes government, organizations, and even within families also (Shearer 2008).

On other hand, gender differentiation is highly supportable in US. Male dominants a significant portion of the society in the work place as most of the higher positions are hold by male population. Due to this gender differentiation, female population is becoming more competitive by adopting the male role model instead of their female role. The US has individualistic culture as people in US do not tolerate interference of other in their work. Similarly, there are fewer rules and regulation to control the behavior of people within the society (Pepperdine University & Moodian 2007). Overall, USA is a country with different cultures that state towards various differences in lifestyle, skin color, physicality etc. This multi-cultural and individualism aspect make US different from other countries in term of living and working style (Sengstock, Marshall & Berkley 2009).

Cultural Dimensions of Mexico

There are several culture dimensions that will be helpful for a business to explain values and placement of Mexico. Firstly, power distance is a culture dimension that shows the degree of distribution of power within the people, organizations and institutions (Gannon & Newman 2002). Power is not equally distributed among the members of the organization in the Mexico because they accept and expect unequal distribution of power among the members and institutions that creates inequality within the country (Black, Mrasek & Ballinger 2003). Similarly, Mexico is a low individualism ranking country that shows its culture of working within the groups. All societies look for tightly knit social framework in which interests of an individual is protected by fostering strong relationship.

Mexico has a high risk avoidance culture that is quite effective to reflect higher level of uncertainty avoidance, so that a business can tend to stay for a longer period. High uncertainty avoidance in the Mexico has strong resistance from employees that creates difficulties for manager to implement change in the organization (Nevaer 2010). Mexico is a masculine country that dominants the value in a society to emphasize assertiveness, acquisition of money and status, success, performance and symbolic organization rewards. Mexico has top 2nd ranking as a masculine country in the Latin countries that shows a higher gender differentiation. The male holds important portion of the society and power structure in the Mexico. Short term orientation associated values respect traditions, and fulfills social and moral obligation of their group in the Mexico that shows an improved culture.

Comparison of Culture & Management Style

The above discussion explained that there are various similarities and differences exist between the culture of USA ...

Solution Summary

This essay-style solution discusses the importance of understanding cultural values in today's business environment in 2435 words with in-text citations and 24 APA references including Hofstede's Cultural Consequences.

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